Hurricane Irene is currently a Category 2 type storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, with wind speeds of about 100 mph (160 kph); but it is likely to transform a major hurricane today (Aug. 23) or tomorrow.
|Hurricane Irene likely to transform into a major hurricane today (Aug. 23) or tomorrow |
As Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane to form during the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, closes the US, an American astronaut has captured a striking view of the powerful storm from space.
Ron Garan, a NASA astronaut based at International Space Station (ISS), snapped the hurricane Monday (Aug. 22) while gawking down on Earth.
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